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Brown University

EFD On-Demand: Improving Instruction with Spaced and Retrieval Practice

Brown University via Independent


Program Release: March 5, 2021 Expiration Date: March 5, 2023 Estimated time to complete: 60 Minutes There are no prerequisites for participation. GUEST SPEAKERS Cindy Nebel, Ph.D. Lecturer, Leadership & Learning in Organizations Program Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN Cognitive Psychological Scientist The Learning Scientists Megan Sumeracki, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology Rhode Island College, Providence, RI Cognitive Psychological Scientist Co-Founder, The Learning Scientists Research from cognitive psychology can be used to inform educational practices. In this professional development talk, Dr. Megan Sumeracki and Dr. Cindy Nebel will describe two strategies that have robust evidence to support their use. They will demonstrate and provide concrete activities and flexible guiding principles for medical educators to immediately apply to their instructional practice, as well as provide additional resources.


After participating in this course, the learner should be better able to:

  1. Describe how cognitive psychologists develop and evaluate learning and teaching strategies
  2. Describe the two key strategies discussed: Spaced practice (sometimes called distributed practice), and Retrieval practice
  3. Implement development of a plan for application of the strategies in their own teaching
  4. Explain how medical student, residents and fellows can use the strategies independently to guide learning


There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the CME presentations
  • Complete the CME activity evaluation at the conclusion of the activity in order to receive a credit certificate.


In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speakers and planning committee members* have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships:

Emily Green, PhD, MA*
Jennifer Maloney*
Cindy Nebel, Ph.D.
Chelsea Reyes*
Alyssa B. Smith, MD
Maria Sullivan, BS*
Megan Sumeracki, Ph.D.


Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.

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